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Domination and Resistance: The United States and the Marshall Islands during the Cold War

Martha Smith-Norris


This book is about domination and resistance in the Pacific during the Cold War. In the race against the Soviet Union for nuclear supremacy, the United States tested a vast array of nuclear bombs and missiles in the Marshall Islands while at the same time conducting research on the effects of human exposure to radioactive fallout. Although these military and human experiments reinforced the American strategy of deterrence, they also led to the displacement of several atoll communities, serious health conditions in the Marshallese, and widespread ecological degradation. Confronted with these tr ... More

Keywords: United States, Marshall Islands, resistance, nuclear bombs, missiles, testing programs, human experiments, health conditions, environmental damages, Compact of Free Association

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824847623
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824847623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Smith-Norris, author
University of Saskatchewan